Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Timiti - The Walk on Fire

Fire walking ritual is a very common event that end the 'Mahabharatham Festival' of Draupati Amman Temples, in and around the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, India. For National Folklore Support Centre, with my good friends Aruvi and Manivannan, I did two documentary films - one on this 26 day festival and the other one on Timti ritual. The documentary on Timiti is now uploaded in NFSC's youtube channel. Thanks to the director of NFSC, Mr. M.D. Muthukumaraswamy for giving me the opportunity to work with NFSC and hence these documentary movies.

National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, registered in Chennai dedicated to the promotion of Indian folklore research, education, training, networking, and publications. The aim of the Centre is to integrate scholarship with activism, aesthetic appreciation with community development, comparative folklore studies with cultural diversities and identities, dissemination of information with multi-disciplinary dialogues, folklore fieldwork with developmental issues and folklore advocacy with public programming events. Folklore is a tradition based on any expressive behaviour that brings a group together, creates a convention and commits it to cultural memory.

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